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Friday, May 24, 2019

Fly On The Wall May 2019: Young at Heart

Welcome to the May Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 5  bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes...


Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!

The cast:
Mark: the man
Me
Alex: Oldest daughter
J.: The teenager
Christian: son (21)
3 grandkids :)

Young at Heart:
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I'm not sure if it's because the man and I are now grandparents, or if we've always been this way, but I've decided the adults in our family often act like kids; in the best way.
Here are a few examples from the blur that has been Spring:

After Easter, I found a 12-pack of Bunny Ears that I forgot to use. Mark and I, our three kids and 3 grandkids put them on (because, BUNNY EARS!) After 5 minutes, the little ones and the teenager (not cool, man!) took theirs off. The adults, however, kept them on for the remainder of the night. One of us almost wore hers to bed.


Only serious adults wear Bunny Ears.

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For a million reasons, I haven't been back to my hometown in years. A lot has been going on back there, so Mark and I decided to fly out to Michigan for a short 48 hours. For health reasons, I haven't enjoyed making that long flight. Mark surprised me and upgraded our tickets to first class. WooHoo! Although I'd like to think it was for me...


Priorities
Mark: "Isn't this nice? Watch closely as I put this tea away and enjoy 17 Bloody Marys". 

For me, having a restroom so close and being able to move around made the flight much more pleasant. I'm sure that the other "regular first-classers" weren't thrilled to watch Mark and I trade up our pretzels and almonds like they were marbles or golden treasures. 
Me: (later, out loud) "A warm washcloth and Ben and Jerry's for dessert? Where has first-class been all my life?"
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Even though our time at home was short, I was able to accomplish most of what I came for. Including stopping at my childhood mall to see if the large bronze hippopotamus still existed. And it did. It's the little things, people.

Priorities 

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Me: (Yelling downstairs) "Hey Mark? Can you help me move this desk?
Mark: "Yes, in about an hour. I have some things to finish up with work."
The teenager: (5 seconds later)"Hey Dad? How does this video game work again?"
(all I hear is running)

Priorities

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Our foster granddaughter's birthday party fell on Mother's Day. I asked my daughter if she was okay celebrating it at our house on that day. She was thrilled. Plus, I promised the granddaughter a dinosaur cake. I wasn't able to find a "dinosaur bones" mold, even though I swore they existed. Five craft stores and one disappointed grandma later,  Christian used some fondant and created the bones. He's the real MVP. I'll always be amazed at the incredible abilities of my children.


I put crushed cookies and graham crackers on top so the kids could go looking for bones. Mark and I figured the granddaughter would love it since he and I had so much fun trying it out first.

They seemed to like the cake!

She found the bones and the boys ate them.

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See that small table in the bottom right corner of the next pic? That was for the grandkids. Notice that they aren't at any table during the birthday craft time. Instead, the rest of us (minus the teenager) were engrossed in coloring wood dinosaurs.



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The culmination of the day was to be a "paleontologist" and carefully break open an egg (made of plaster) to find a toy dinosaur inside. It was 10 times harder than any of us thought. We eventually opened all of the eggs, but it was a ton of work. Alex's face says it all.
"Thanks, mom, for this super fun idea."

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Mark made a run to the store and asked if I needed anything. I told him I'd love a candy bar. I know I shouldn't eat them, but I'm weak, man!
Mark: "What kind do you want?"
Me: "I don't care. Just something chocolate."
After shaking his head at my indecision, he left for the store and returned with a big smile. He poured out a bag of various chocolates as if whatever he brought home would be wrong.
Trying not to take offense, I look at the pile. 
With the most serious face, I ask, "Where are the Almond Joys??"

Again people, priorities. 


Are you young at heart? Let me know in the comments.
Have a sweet weekend, friends. 
-Michele

Buzz on over and visit other participants of this month's Fly :)


                  Baking in a Tornado
                  Never Ever Give Up Hope
                  Menopausal Mother
                  Spatulas on Parade
                  Bookworm in the Kitchen


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the recollections and pictures as they are a great reminder about a lot of good times we've had recently. We all do have a little bit of a child left in us and we certainly make the most of it. We do some fun but silly things and it is good to be able to laugh at ourselves about it. The cake was a big hit with the kids and once again showed what great imaginations and talents some people have. Yes, no Almond Joys in that picture but I think we had some in the next haul. Thanks for sharing (the chocolate and everything in this great blog post)! Love, -M

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    1. Man, it WAS a crazy month, wasn't it? I seriously appreciate the chocolate haul. And the refill with Almond Joys. LOL. Thanks for keeping me young and semi-laughing all the time <3

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  2. SO much chocolate, Mark's a keeper, that's for sure (figures, my barometer for a man being a keeper is how much chocolate he brings home). You know I absolutely love that dinosaur cake!

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    1. And I thought the Man was to bring home the bacon...

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    2. Chocolate is the exact reason I keep him around, Karen!! Ha! That cake was so fun to make and to watch the little ones enjoy. And Mark. He loves chocolate AND cake. <3

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    3. @John. Your son brings home the bacon AND the chocolate. How luck am I?

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  3. You guys have too much fun! I wish our families could get together. Could you IMAGINE?? LOVE the funny face you made in the photo--you're too cute!

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    1. MM. If our families got together, it would have to be in front of a camera! It would be epic! Miss gabbing with you. <3

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  4. As always I love your fly on the wall stories... god, I miss you so much! Mark IS the man... first class and a bag of chocolate! Can we clone him? That cake is awesome, and I am SO happy to see your family growing. Congratulations! Wish your visit to Michigan could have corresponded with my visit in August. I would love to see you. Glad you are having a fun time... love you, girl. Love to you, all.

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    1. Stacy, I'm always so happy to see you visit the blog; I feel like you're catching up with our silly world. I would have loved to meet up with friends on my Michigan trip :( There just wasn't a lot of time. One day, we'll correlate and visit Target together <3

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  5. Great post, Shellybean. We loved being able to celebrate babygirl’s birthday with her extra special cake. Also: dad is awesome and chocolate is life! Lol. Love reading your hilarious posts.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. For sharing your perfect little family with ours. We are so proud of all of you. THanks also for your support with these challenges. You are everything <3

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  6. That dinosaur cake -- so creative. I gravitate to chocolate and love it when hubby brings it home. Sometimes....he even buys the right kind :) You asked is your readers were young at heart. The body gets old but the mind still thinks young. I believe that is a secret to why people can't guess your age correctly.

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    1. Haha! I'm so glad to know others love "certain" chocolates as much as me :) Thanks for reading the whole post! I always wish my body could keep up with the way I feel inside my head. I look at my children and feel as if it was just yesterday that I was that age. I love reading about your new home; it's just lovely! Hope you're finding time to sit and enjoy it. I know you're a busy lady these days! <3

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